Boss Fight Studio new product alert!

Happy Thursday!

Boss Fight Studio is surprising us all with an unexpected launch of their Boss Fight webstore exclusive Cerisier a Sakura Elvish Assassin!  This figure was first revealed at New Jersey Collectors Convention, but it was unknown what assortment she might appear in.

Surprise!  You can buy her TONIGHT AT MIDNIGHT for immediate shipping from BossFightShop.com.

New Vitruvian HACKS automatically makes the world feel like a better place.

Speaking of new Vitruvian HACKS, Boss Fight also reports that their Accessory Mini-Kits are in stock and will start shipping tomorrow.  Ain’t life great?

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“Guardians of the elven queen, members of this elite corps of archers bathe daily in dark ink, to maintain the gray color of their skin. Taking their orders directly from Queen Solan, they are her protectors and personal assassins. As a part of their duties to the queen, they take on an oath of silence. Their voices are removed permanently and irreversibly, using a magical spell. Their eyes have been altered so that they can see in pitch blackness. Moving undetectably and noiselessly, their natural home is in the dark. The last thing many an enemy of the Elves has felt is the cold blade of a Sakura Elf, silently draining their life away.”

GeneralsJoes wraps up 2017 Convention Reviews

And that’s a wrap.  It always feels like the annual convention reviews are a sprint, with coordinating all of the images, the Photoshopping, the organizing and the page layouts, and then by the time the whirlwind week is over, there’s a feeling of some sort of satisfaction.

I have to be honest, though, I didn’t feel a whole lot of satisfaction with this one.  Ultimately, most of the figures and vehicles felt underserved and overpriced, which is unfortunate.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great that the Collectors Club is able to put together these figures for a fanbase that has no other outlet currently, but in looking back even to just 2015 the blatant and obvious degradation of quality is a shame.  There were some highlights last year with Sky Patrol, several of them in fact, but this year everything felt pretty run-of-the-mill with very few exciting surprises.  I felt there was a handful of serviceable figures that did the source material right, but there really was nothing that surprised, impressed, or blew me away.  Perhaps I’m asking too much given the limited tooling supplies and resources available, but when the Club is asking nearly $1,000 for a set of exclusives, I gotta say, I expect more.

Anyway…  the last three reviews can be viewed below:

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G.I. Joe Convention 2017 BattleForce: 2000 Conquest X36

AvalancheBlasterBlockerDodgerKnockdown
MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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In 1987 Maverick piloted the Vector, a brand new, pseudo-futuristic jet as an addition to the G.I. Joe air arsenal which was even featured a few times in the G.I. Joe comics.  Fast forward several years and even though he’s dead, he gets an upgrade to a new variation of the Conquest, this time marked the X-36 instead of the typical X-30 moniker.

Fans got pretty excited when they saw the artwork for this potential upgraded plane in the convention comic with the wing format looking remarkably like the COBRA Hurricane.  But alas, when the actual physical items were revealed, it was a Conquest repaint, a new deco for the newly molded 25th Anniversary Conquest.

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The new version of the Conquest originally released several years ago was a marketable improvement over the ’86 original.  The fins stayed in far better as well as the missiles, though beyond those structural improvements, the plane looked much the same.  This one does as well.  The swept wing design of the Conquest looks nicely futuristic, although the shape of the plane is so iconic for G.I. Joe that it’s tough to see it as anything other than a Conquest with a different paint scheme.

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That being said they did a decent job mirroring the paint scheme of the Vector, and it matches Maverick pretty well, too.  I like the fact that the decal work is all applied with paint apps rather than actual stickers.  The vehicle is a pretty fun addition to the growing convention air force and makes for a neat foil for the Sky Serpent.  I’m not sure it’s worth the cost that it requires to acquire one, but on its own merits it works.


G.I. Joe Convention 2017 COBRA B.A.T. Rocket Packs

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MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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The Collectors Club seems to have a thing for jet packs, huh?  Last year they released two 5-Packs of JUMP repaints, and then this year, the B.A.T.s have their own “rocket packs” they can use to launch airborne salvos at their BattleForce: 2000 enemies.

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This rocket pack is the retooled version that we got as part of the Rise of COBRA line as a Target exclusive several years back, and I have to admit I don’t truly understand the idea behind this particular vehicle.  G.I. Joe released small form factor “jet packs” in 1982 in the form of the JUMP, so I’m a bit curious why five years later in 1987 the jet pack was somehow larger and more cumbersome than it was in ’82.  Heck the ’87 jet pack even looked more clumsy than the Claw which was mostly the same exact thing a few years earlier.

I’ve never been a big fan of the design of this particular rocket pack, it’s basically a large square thing with teeny wings and four top-mounted cannons which isn’t all that streamlined or aerodynamic.

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In the capacity of this convention set, though, it’s actually not too bad.  I could see COBRA strapping B.A.T.s to this massive, fuel-loaded rocket pack and just basically throwing them headlong into G.I. Joe enemies with no concern for their well-being.

The color scheme works as well, being mostly black with the right hints of orange and green to match the aesthetic of the B.A.T.s within this convention set.  I do like the colors, and I get the idea, but this doesn’t feel like an item that’s a critical piece of the set.


G.I. Joe Convention 2017 BattleForce: 2000 Marauder Snowmobiles

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MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

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Back in 1987 the BattleForce: 2000 subline wasn’t just about figures, but was also about vehicles.  The whole “Future Fortress” concept has never been a big focus of fan attention (and honestly, it probably doesn’t deserve to be) but BattleForce: 2000 was very much about their vehicles as well as the characters themselves.

For that reason it was pretty critical that vehicles play a role in the convention set, and the Club accomplished that by releasing a 2-pack of Polar Battle Bear snowmobiles repainted in the old Marauder colors and calling them “Marauder Snowmobiles”.

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Not sure how I feel about this whole thing.

First and foremost, there really is nothing about the Polar Battle Bear that looks “futuristic”.  It was first released in 1983 and although this version is the updated modern era retooling, it still maintains the same dated look and feel.  The Marauder was originally Dodger’s vehicle, and was actually a pretty neat two-part motorcycle/tank with some interesting playability.  None of that playability really exists in this modern interpretation.  The color scheme is nicely applied and does look reminiscent of the older Marauder vehicle but the base vehicle here is very vanilla and doesn’t at all bring up a feeling of state-of-the-art future warfare.

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I’m also not entirely sure why the Club felt it necessary to package two of them together at a steep price.  Ultimately I see very little redeeming qualities with this particular choice of vehicles, much less two of them and it kind of feels like they were tossed in there because we’re swiftly running out of ideas and tooling to work with.


Four Horsemen Power Lord Massive Product launch Pre-Order until October 6th

The Four Horsemen have been doing lots of work lately on their Mythic Legions line, and for a while there hasn’t been a whole lot of news on their four inch Power Lords series, but that looks to have changed.

Not only are they continuing this great looking 1:18 scale reinvention of the fun 80’s property, but they’re also really ramping up the articulation by the looks of it.  Any fan of 1:18 scale figures will likely see some serious potential with this line.  Personally I’m loving the looks of the Power Armor Adam Power and the various Power Soldier troopers.  Some great sculpting and really nice looking articulation is bringing this much more in line with what I’m looking for even at a four inch scale.

They’re currently running a unique kind of pre-order system within their StoreHorsemen site (instead of doing a full blown Kickstarter) but it only runs until October 6th.  If you dig the looks of these figures, you’ll want to pre-order, because if they don’t meet their goals, they will NOT be producing the figures.  They’ve just hit the halfway point, which is good, but they are not where they want to be as of yet.

Take a look at their offerings at StoreHorsemen.com and grab some pre-orders if you’re even the slightest bit interested.  Also take a peek at this great video by Ryan Lord promoting the new line.  Good looking stuff here.

POWER LORDS PRE-ORDER HITS THE HALFWAY POINT!!

We’re just past the half-way point for the Power Lords pre-order currently going on on Store Horsemen, and we’re still farther from our goal than we’d like to be at this point.

Please keep in mind, that none of the payments for this Power Lords Store Horsemen pre-order will be collected until the end of the pre-order sale, and if we don’t meet the goal that we need to hit with this pre-order to meet factory production minimums, then the pre-order will be cancelled, and the credit card authorizations will be cancelled so that none of the money will be taken from your account.

To help us promote our midway point of the Power Lords pre-order, the amazing Ryan Lord has created another cool video ad featuring actual action figures that you can pre-order now! Please check it out, share the video to help spread the word, and then go to http://www.StoreHorsemen.com to pre-order your Power Lords figures TODAY!

Joe DeClassified Booth at the Edmonton Expo was beyond awesome

This past weekend was the Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, which featured a terrific appearance by the fine folks at JoeDeClassified.

They posted a wealth of amazing art and pre-production items, and provided some images for folks to check out, even those of us who couldn’t attend.

Check out all of the images over on the JoeDeClassified Facebook Page, I’ve mirrored just a couple of them below.

Amazing Prime One Studio Destro statue now available for pre-order

There isn’t a whole lot of new G.I. Joe product to captivate fans these days, but high end statue maker Prime One Studios has some pretty fantastic looking items coming out, including an amazing statue of Destro, the enemy weapons supplier.

These pieces aren’t cheap, but they’d make for a great conversation piece, and Destro is now available for Pre-Order at Sideshow Collectibles.  Check out some of the images below.

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GeneralsJoes Reviews 2017 Convention Laser Viper and Sky Serpent

Two more 2017 convention reviews under my belt today as we cover the Laser-Viper three pack as well as the COBRA Sky Serpent w/ Laser Viper Officer.

Peeled from the Concept Case, the Laser Viper has been a highly desirable figure from the fandom for a while… how does the final version measure up?

Check out the reviews below!

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G.I. Joe Convention 2017 Sky Serpent with Laser Viper Officer

AvalancheBlasterBlockerDodgerKnockdown
MaverickB.A.T. Squad LeaderCobra B.A.T.BackstopDee Jay
COBRA CorrosionLaser ViperSky Serpent w/ Laser Viper OfficerMarauder SnowmobilesBAT Rocket Packs
Conquest X36Con Set Recap

Sky Serpent

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Now this was a very pleasant surprise.  As one of the biggest G.I. Joe: Renegades fans on the planet, I long for more opportunities for Renegades toys of any kind and the Black Dragon helicopter was one of my favorite vehicles in recent years.  Yes, compared to how it was utilized on the show it was far too small, but it was sleek, had an awesome design, and some pretty fun play features at that.

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This version of the Black Dragon is colored in a lighter COBRA blue and red and named the Sky Serpent.  It’s not often we get truly new concepts as convention vehicles, and I’m glad to see this one, it’s a great looking aircraft and it looks pretty awesome in blue.

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Like the original, the Sky Serpent has great swing-back wings with rotating VTOL rotors, an opening canopy and a button mechanism that opens bomb bays on the bottom and drops bombs.  The play features aren’t super advanced, but they are fun.  While many folks complain about the size of the vehicle as well, I actually enjoy it as it makes it easier to handle and fly around one-handed.  It’s a solidly built vehicle with a fantastic design aesthetic and great looking paint applications.  I really like it, and I like that the Club has at least somewhat developed a battle foil for the Conquest.  I can see the Conquest and the Sky Serpent in a pitched dogfight (although the lack of air-to-air missiles might hurt the Sky Serpent’s chances a little).

Laser Viper Officer

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This one was another surprise from the Convention.  Not based on any real pre-existing character (though the color scheme seems somewhat Shadow-Viper like from the 2002 Real American Hero Collection) the Laser Viper Officer was released as a pseudo pilot for the Sky Serpent, and honestly he is an amazing looking figure.

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The great Laser Viper parts build combined with this really cool dark blue and red paint scheme gives us an excellent addition to the COBRA roster, and a nice new commander for the Laser Viper corps.  I’m a bit conflicted as I would have loved to have seen some inspiration from the 2001 Laser Viper (based on the 1991 Sci-Fi) though taking some of the aesthetics from the Shadow Viper makes a certain amount of sense as well, I suppose, even if the Shadow Viper was an Astro Viper, not a Laser Viper.

How many times can I type the word “Viper” in this review?

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At any rate, while this figure isn’t one I would have expected, I find myself really enjoying the build and colors.  His crazy laser gun (from the Rise of COBRA Sgt. Flash figure, I believe) is neat as well.

Accessories

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As mentioned, this figure comes with a removable helmet and huge laser gun, as well as technically coming with the Sky Serpent as well.  Not a ton of accessories, but pretty good ones nonetheless.

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I’m leery about buying vehicles these days, mostly because I don’t really have the space for them, but the Sky Serpent is a pretty awesome little COBRA aircraft, and the Laser Viper Officer is one heck of a cool looking pilot to boot.  Greatly overshadowed by most of the  BattleForce: 2000 elements, this little cadre of Laser Vipers has been a real pleasure to check out in hand and I think will end up commanding some serious interest down the road.